Unreasoned Dedication to Capitalism

2g. Unreasoned Dedication to Capitalism

Our systems of government in US and UK amongst others, are devoted to the manangement of an economic system of extractivism. In fact they seem to be ruled by it. But worldly ambition, material aspiration and ‘perpetual economic growth’ are not only a formula for environmental destruction but also it seems one for mass-unhappiness.

The mega-rich cause damaging financial crises with wild speculation, get bailed out by taxpayers, then argue that public spending on schools and hospitals should be slashed to meet the resulting deficits – all the while many of them fail to pay their legal share of taxes! This austerity-spiral is driving a rapid worldwide increase in inequality. Now they are just printing more and more money to paper over the cracks.

An email in possession of Wikileaks demonstrates the absolute complicity of money and government in the US. This is from a executive at Citibank’s parent company, giving all of the names of President Obama’s cabinet a month before his election in 2008. The big banks decide who runs the economy and the country even before the elections take place, because our governments are here to service corporate consumerism.

Corporations… have now been assigned a human and legal personality and now they are trying to disposses people of their democratic rights, and they are trying to disposses nature of her rights. We are at a watershed for human evolution. We will either defend the rights of people and the earth and for that we will have to dismantle the rights that corporations have assigned to themselves or corporations will in the next three decades destroy this planet in terms of human possibilities.”

Vandana Shiva

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